Bakersfield Staff

San Gabriel Valley

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Iddo deVries

Clinical Director

Iddo has been practicing speech therapy for over 10 years and has been studying the field for over 12.  He has worked in multiple settings including schools, homes, adult care facilities, and most recently in a multi-disciplinary clinical setting where he provided direct therapy, assessments, supervision, management, and training to staff and families.

In 2014, Iddo opened DV Therapy to provide dynamic therapy that focuses on the individual and their family. With a strong emphasis in family training, Iddo strives to give the child and the family the tools to reach independence and improve quality of life. Iddo has a strong clinical presence and is always working encourage his patients to reach beyond what they imagined possible.

In 2011 Iddo was awarded the outstanding achievement award in the field of speech therapy by the New York City Dept. of Education and has been an active member of the nationally accredited speech board ASHA since 2006. With a focus on individuals with Autism, Iddo has had significant success in developing the necessary communication skills with socially difficult individuals.

Iddo has had success in treating individuals from birth-21 with disabilities and delays including, Autism, Late-talkers, PDD, specific language impairments, Articulation and Phonological disorders, Auditory Processing Delays, Stuttering, Pragmatic and social delays, Verbal Apraxia of Speech.

Skills: Prompt therapy, Beckman Oral Motor, TLC Literacy Program, Sounds in Motion, Fluency Shaping Technique, PECS, Certified PEERS Social Skills Provider.

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Etta Astrin

Vice President of Operations

Etta received her bachelors degree at CUNY Brooklyn in the field of Psychology. Following her desire to help others, Etta studied Clinical Social Work and received her masters degree at Hunter College. While living in New York, Etta provided critical social and emotional support for at risk youth and to systematically build schools that are safe, successful, and conducive to learning through Partnership with Children. After leaving New York, Etta and her family moved to California. She found a career through Open Paths Counseling Center before ultimately becoming Vice President of Operations at DV Therapy.


Kristen Turowski

Office Manager and Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Kristen grew up in Tehachapi and now lives there with her husband and 2 dogs. She received her associate’s degree in Liberal Studies at Bakersfield College where she attended from 2011 to 2013, and found her passion for speech and language therapy. Kristen then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from California State University Northridge in 2016, then completed the SLPA certification the same year from Loma Linda University. She has been providing speech therapy in Palmdale and Lancaster for 3 ½ years to early intervention, school aged kiddos and adult populations in individual and group settings. Kristen has gained experience in a variety of speech and language disorders throughout her time in the Antelope Valley. She truly enjoys speech and language therapy and someday hopes to attain a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.

In her free time she enjoys traveling with her husband and tackling the never ending homeownership list. She also enjoy being outdoors with her dogs, running, and going to CrossFit.


Cristal Nunez

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Cristal was born in California and raised by her Mexican parents. She is bilingual in both Spanish and English. She received her B.S in Communication Sciences & Disorders at California State University, Sacramento. She also completed the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program at Sacramento State. During her time in Sacramento Cristal volunteered and interned with many organizations where she had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients. She worked very closely with children diagnosed with Autism as a Registered Behavior Technician. She gained experience working in Early Intervention, helping children ages birth to three meet their speech and language milestones. Cristal worked with members diagnosed with Aphasia and Apraxia at the NeuroService Alliance of Sacramento State. She took extracurricular classes in order to enhance her education in acquired communication disorders. She enjoys working with populations across the life span and has a profound desire to continue to help individuals in need of therapeutic services.

In her free time, Cristal loves hanging out with family and friends. She also enjoys cooking, reading books and exploring new places.


Kristine Nichols


Kristine is a licensed speech and language pathologist. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelors of Science in Speech Pathology in 2003. She went on to get her Masters of Arts from California State University, Fresno in Speech Pathology and graduated in 2006. She has been a practicing speech pathologist since that time. She currently holds a California State License and is nationally accredited by ASHA.

Kristine has worked with ages ranging from preschool to geriatrics. Her work settings have varied from schools, rehabilitation hospitals (short and long term) and acute hospital settings. She has worked with a variety of speech and language related disorders, including articulation, phonology, apraxia of speech (children and adults), language, pragmatics, fluency, aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia and cognitive impairments. She has also mentored new speech pathologists for their Clinical Fellowship Year helping them build upon assessment skills and implement therapy programs.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends/family, baking and decorating cakes and traveling.


Dinah Barnett


Dinah was born and raised in Bakersfield California. She attended the University of Alabama where she received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders. She then furthered her education and went on to receive her SLPA certification at Loma Linda University.

Dinah previously worked at a school district for 3 years working with students from preschool to 8th grade. Dinah is passionate about her job and loves to help others. In the future Dinah would like to go on to grad school and become a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist.


Shelby Trevino


Shelby was born in Bakersfield, California. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and SLPA license at California State University Sacramento in 2019. She has experience with ABA therapy and working in home settings as well as school settings. Shelby’s passion for helping others started when she moved to Sacramento for school and volunteered with second language learners. She enjoys the sense of community that accompanies public service. Her mission is to create a comfortable environment for all unique learners by fostering confidence in future endeavours. In her off time she tends to her expanding home garden. She enjoys hanging out with her dogs and hiking adventures with friends. Her favorite way to pass the time is reading books.


Eddie Chu


Eddie graduated from the University of Southern California with his Clinical Doctorate (OTD) in 2019, with a focus in research for children with autism and executive functioning skills in college students.  With a previous background in psychology and counseling, Eddie aims to incorporate the true values of occupational therapy from theory to practice: providing care holistically.  As important it is to focus on the physical aspects of our clients, their social, emotional, and spiritual needs and desires are just as significant.  With the years of support from classmates, colleagues, and interdisciplinary teams, Eddie hopes to continue sharing with and learning from the clients (and their caregivers) what their meaningful and purposeful occupations are. As an occupational therapist, Eddie wants to remind everyone that self-care is one of the most valued, yet underrepresented, areas in life, so remember to do, be, and become a part of what captures your passions in life.


Emily Cruz


Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA in 2018. In 2020, she received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. Emily is a licensed speech-language pathologist and is completing her clinical fellowship at DV Therapy.

While completing her master’s degree, Emily was lucky enough to intern at DV Therapy and an elementary school where she gained clinical experience with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, social disorders, and feeding and swallowing disorders.

Emily enjoys going to the gym to weight lift, but you’ll never see her running. She also enjoys baking, music festivals, and sushi.

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